The Maroon Connection to Sierra Leone Re-awakened
On October 11, 2010, I received an email from a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer to Jamaica who had been in Trelawny Town from 2008 – 2010. When David Ingleman arrived in Flagstaff, the dream of many in the community was to send a Maroon delegation from Flagstaff to Freetown, Sierra Leone to look for Maroon descendants there. They found quite a bit, including a church full of Maroon descendants. They ended up igniting the first trans-Atlantic Maroon connection for over more than 160 years when Nicole Fergusson and Knute “Cutie” Cameron, along with Ingleman, traveled to Sierra Leone.
In 1841, some of those 600 Maroons who landed in Freetown in 1800 returned to Jamaica from Sierra Leone. And in 1864, as if it was not already complicated, some of the now Sierra Leonean Maroons that returned to Jamaica in 1841 went back to Sierra Leone. A crisscross of Maroon descendants between Jamaica and Sierra Leone. We had to repay the courtesy as was promised to them back in 2011.